|1.||of or relating to phonetics|
|2.||Compare phonemic denoting any perceptible distinction between one speech sound and another, irrespective of whether the sounds are phonemes or allophones|
|3.||conforming to pronunciation: phonetic spelling|
|[C19: from New Latin phōnēticus, from Greek phōnētikos, from phōnein to make sounds, speak]|
|(functioning as singular) Compare phonology the science concerned with the study of speech processes, including the production, perception, and analysis of speech sounds from both an acoustic and a physiological point of view. This science, though capable of being applied to language studies, technically excludes linguistic considerations|
phonetics pho·net·ics (fə-nět'ĭks)
The branch of linguistics that deals with the sounds of speech and their production, combination, description, and representation by written symbols.